Social Media and Youth Suicide Prevention: Ethical Concerns for Research

October 6, 2022 -
12:00pm to 1:00pm

Jamie Zelazny, PhD, MPH, RN
Assistant Professor of Nursing and Psychiatry
School of Nursing
University of Pittsburgh

As science continues to expand its use of big data to develop predictive risk algorithms for a wider range of health outcomes, we must pause to consider the ethical issues inherent to this type of research. In the field of youth suicide prevention, social media provide immense quantities of data generated by teens and may hold the potential for developing algorithms capable of predicting suicidal risk. This discussion will address ethical quandaries we have faced in our youth suicide prevention research involving the collection and mining of social media data. 

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